Tuesday, April 22, 2014

100 Stitches - Four Sided Stitch


Time for another 100 Stitches post! 

This nice stitch is the Four Sided Stitch.


This stitch is from the Drawn Fabric Embroidery category of stitches.  The stitches in this category create an open pattern on the fabric by pulling groups of threads together.  Since I need to count the warp and weft threads for these stitches, I used this medium-to-loose weave linen for easier thread counting. 
For my floss, I am using a perle cotton.  This one is DMC Color Variations #4230.


The stitch is worked from right to left. 
The first step is to bring the needle up through the fabric on the bottom right hand side of the stitching area:


Pull all the way through.  Count up four threads and go back into the fabric:


Pull through.  Count four threads to the left and four threads down and then come back up through the fabric:


Pull through.  Count four threads to the right and go back into the fabric.  Notice I am going back into the same hole I used on the first part of this stitch:


Pull all the way through.  Count four threads up and four threads to the left and come back up through the fabric:



Pull through.  Count four threads to the right and go back into the fabric - again going into a previously used hole:


Pull through.  Count four threads down and four threads to the left and come back up through the fabric and you are at the first step of this stitch.  You can just repeat the steps.
When I learned this stitch, I went in and out of the fabric and pulled my thread through each time {this is called the stab method}.   


However, the instructions in 100 Stitches show the needle emerging from and going into the fabric in one step {this is called the sewing method}.  You can see how it works in the picture below.  Notice where the thread emerges and now the needle is going into the fabric four threads to the right and coming out four threads down and four threads to the left. 
It really is a much quicker and easier way to do this stitch.


This is what the final stitching line looks like:


This is the underside of the stitching:


This stitch is #97 on the 100 Stitches list and is from the Drawn Fabric Embroidery category.

3 comments:

Jules Woolford said...

Lovely stitch Kim, and it does look so attractive in the variegated thread.x

Kim said...

Thank you Jules, I love the variegated thread :)

Ana Lopes said...

This stitch is so fun and is so pretty with this nuanced thread.
Ana xx